Individual Diversity Plans: Faculty Promoting Positive Change Workshop Series

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We offer a 3-part educational workshop for faculty designed to raise cultural awareness, foster community and increase a sense of agency to affect change. Each participant is asked to work on a simple project of interest to them and they are encouraged in their own personal project to positively impact inclusion and climate.

We believe that these projects have the potential to increase the reach of this effort by including other faculty who work with our participants.

The 3 interactive workshops focus on identity development, privilege, cultural awareness and strategies for affecting positive change. The participants benefit from ongoing individual assistance from change experts on their transformative projects.

We are evaluating how our activities fulfill our objectives and the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion’s (PACDI) stated goals. We believe this activity aligns with our objectives to promote awareness of inequity, prepare faculty to succeed at increasing inclusion, and foster collegiality and interdisciplinary collaboration (#1, 3, 4). Similarly, we think that it aligns with PACDI strategic directions to retain diverse faculty, provide sustained professional development, and inspire involvement in enhancing diversity and rewarding culture shift (#4, 5.2, 8)

Research outcomes / early learnings: Workshop participants gained knowledge on identities, privilege, and white fragility. Even more important than that knowledge, faculty expressed that they value a space to develop skills and share experiences. They feel isolated around diversity and inclusion issues and desire true community. Our analysis of data resulting from pre and post surveys, as well as a focus group session, is ongoing. In the words of two faculty participants:

“Thank you to everyone for a truly profound experience - I'm grateful for the opportunity to have participated, and am excited for all the possibilities that have emerged from the workshop.”

“One of the most positive experiences about participating in this workshop series was: Encouragement from colleagues, especially senior colleagues, to pursue a transformation project.”

If you are interested in learning more, contact Klod Kokini at kokini@purdue.edu.